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Sunday, December 23, 2012

New Year's with the Kids in the Bay Area 2012

What to do with the kids on New Year's Eve in the San Francisco Bay Area? Here are some family-friendly options. Goldstar is listing New Year's Eve events (at a discount!) here - some you may need a date for!

Bay Area Discovery Museum - Sausalito
What: Noon Year's Eve
When: December 31 from 9 a.m. to 2
Details: Count down to New Year's. Celebrate the clock striking 12 noon and create your own noisemakers and party hats as the ball drops.

Cost: $11 for admission. Optional $15 goody bag (order online) with bubbles, sunglasses, necklaces and more
RSVP: Drop-in. 

Asian Art Museum - San Francisco
What: Strike a Japanese temple bell to ring in the new year
When: Sunday, December 30. 

9-11 a.m. bell ringing for museum members. 
11 a.m. bell ringing ceremony for nonmembers
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. art activites
RSVP: none. Children 12 and under get in free. Get your numbered tickets at the front desk.
Cost: Free with admission

Hiller Aviation Museum - San Carlos
What: Noon Year's Eve Celebration
When: December 31st, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (balloon drop at noon)
Details: Face painting, magician, music, games, bounce house, climbing wall, flight simulation game, live entertainment, balloon drop
RSVP: none. Event free with admission.

Children's Discovery Museum - San Jose
What: Balloon Drop
When: December 31, from 10-4. In the past they've had a balloon drop at 12, 1 and 2, plus music, games and prizes. Not sure if they're doing it this year, but the museum is open that day.
Details: create a noisemaker, a party hat, other crafts and "countdown to noon across the time zones"
RSVP: none.
Cost: free with admission

Oakland Zoolights
What: Zoolights - holiday decorations, lights and music - at night!
When: through December 31, 5:30-9 p.m. on 12/31
Details: This isn't a special New Year's Eve program, but if you're looking to do something fun that night, check out the Zoolights.
RSVP: none
Cost: $6-8 plus zoo admission for nonmembers has a list of things to do that day as well.

I'm sure there's more happening - please comment with more ideas!!!

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